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Ecology Camp

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn -

Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Nature Center ecology camps are officially underway this summer for youth. Ecology camps offer children ages 4-15 the chance to explore the varied ecosystems of Illinois including the prairie, woodlands, wetlands and savanna. The camps are held during the dayfrom 8:30-3:30 p.m. Students can participate in either half day or full day sessions.   Each...

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Master Naturalists Volunteer Training

The University of Illinois Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit is accepting applications for the sixth class of Master Naturalist volunteers. Training will begin in August 31 and go through October 26. Classes are held on Wednesday's. Optional Saturday field trips will be scheduled for hands-on training. Trainees study the ecology of forests and grasslands, streams and wetlands. They get hands...

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Master Naturalist Summit Explores Wetlands Habitat

More than 30 individuals gathered on June 4th at the Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary in Loami for the 2016 University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Summit. Attendees learned about wetlands including grasses, plants and wildlife that live around this habitat. Speakers included: Joe Bartletti, Prairie Engineers of Illinois, and Mary Lou Lael, U of I Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. After...

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Turn Spoil Into Soil

This summer, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers will provide programs in the Master Gardener demonstration gardens. Learn more about how to turn your yard waste into black gold for your garden. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners volunteers will discuss steps to successful composting on Thursday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m....

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Growing Roses

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers in conjunction with the Elijah Iles House Foundation will present a program on "How to plant and care for Roses". This program will be offered on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Elijah Iles House, 628 S. 7 th Street, Springfield, IL. Master Gardener volunteer, Gary Lazar, will present the program. This...

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Lavender in Full Bloom

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

Even experienced gardeners express frustration about successfully growing lavender. It can take up to two years to achieve the full rounded look of a beautiful mature plant. Many cultivars are labeled suitable to grow in USDA Zone 5b,but some of them can still be sensitive to the severity of the winter. It can take time to get the right combination of plants and weather to successfully overwint...

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Maintaining Roses Demonstration

This summer, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers will provide programs in the Master Gardener demonstration gardens. Keeping rose bushes healthy and blooming all summer takes a summer maintenance plan. Join Master Gardeners volunteers as they discuss "Maintaining Roses During the Summer," on Thursday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m. Demonstration will include information o...

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Henson Robinson Zoo Day Activities

Join University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers for fun children garden activities at Henson Robinson Zoo on Friday, June 17, from 10 am to 5 pm. Join volunteers at Imagination Station Children's Garden were they will host a fairy house building activity for children and provide information on composting with worms. Help the Zoo celebrate the City of Springfield...

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Butterflies, Moths and Bees Program

University of Illinois Extension and Dana-Thomas House are partnering to offer Butterflies, Moths and Bees program on Thursday, June 16, at 5 pm. Join Master Gardener volunteers and local experts for a program on the importance of these insects and how to attract them to the garden. Program will be held at Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield. The hour-long presentation...

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Local Bluebird Enthusiasts Working To Expand Population

Bluebirds Face Predators While Nesting Once nearly eliminated from Illinois, local bluebird enthusiasts who have put up and regularly monitor bluebird boxes are helping to grow the population of these birds locally. At the Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Illinois, there are 14 such bluebird houses that are regularly monitored by volunteers to h...

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How to Grow and harvest Horseradish

This summer, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers will provide programs in the Master Gardener demonstration gardens. On Thursday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m., Master Gardener volunteers will discuss "How to Grow and Harvest Horseradish." Roots of the horseradish plant are harvested and grated to become a flavorful addition to several food dishe...

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Garden Garage Sale

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Sangamon and Menard Counties are sponsoring a Garden Garage Sale. The event will be Friday, June 10, from 9am to 1pm, at the U of I Extension Building, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield. Driving directions can be found at U of I Extension website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/l...

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